With Michigan’s November ballot almost certain to have an initiative on it that would amend the state constitution if approved, it is imperative that voters understand what is true regarding Right-to-Work and the “Union Boss Ballot Initiative”.
First of all, the ballot initiative that the union bosses sponsored would do so many things that there is currently a challenge by a coalition of business groups being considered in the courts that would remove it from the ballot for being too broad. But should it survive the court challenge and make it onto the November ballot it would roll back several of the very effective reforms that Governor Snyder has signed into law since taking office, reforms that have generated a budget surplus in the state and turned Michigan’s fiscal ship around.
Some of these reforms have restricted or altered benefits that had been collectively bargained for by government workers, primarily teachers, but were bankrupting municipalities and school districts around the state. The legislature sent Governor Snyder this “common-sense” legislation and he signed it into law and now these reforms benefit all of Michigan’s tax-payers, including the 83% of workers who do not belong to a union. These reforms, combined with the prospect of the legislature in Lansing possibly introducing “Right-to-Work” legislation in the state, prompted the union bosses to launch their power grab to not only roll back Governor Snyder’s reforms effecting as many as 80 different laws on the books, it would amend our state constitution to “pre-emptively” ban Right-to-Work legislation from ever being passed in the state.
Regarding the specific issue of Right-to-Work; RTW law does not ban or eliminate collective bargaining as the union bosses would like you to believe. What Right-to-Work law does do, is give each individual worker the choice; Do they want to join a union and pay dues, or not? That’s all, it does not prevent unions from organizing workers, it would not prevent workers from forming or joining a union, and it does not alter the collective bargaining process. What “Freedom-to-Work” would do is allow workers to “decide for themselves”, rather than being forced to financially support a union. “Technically” it’s true that a worker at a union shop can resign from the union and give up his right to vote in union elections, but he is still required to pay “Agency fees” which can be up to 95.5% of union dues. That is what Michigan-Freedom-to-Work is fighting against; forcing workers to pay financial support to a third party as a condition of employment, under threat of being fired. Voters should understand that collective bargaining is not at risk, RTW laws do allow collective bargaining and unionization, they simply give each individual the right to decide whether to join.
Vote NO! on the "Union-Boss-Ballot-Inititiative" Nov. 6th!